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 Posted: Wed Oct 26th, 2011 05:47 pm
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Woodie, every time I stumble across another of your creations I have to lift my jaw off the ground. I agree on the lionel like animation aspect. It really adds to a layout when there are all kinds of things moving on the layout.

Have you ever considered making an animal like a bear that turns it's head from side to side? Or else people who move slightly. Nothing too corny so that it looks like a santa clause display, but something where people looking at the layout have to look twice because something that isn't supposed to move is moving.

Along the same lines... Do any of the trucks on your layout operate? Or are all the vehicles static? It might be fun to drive the trucks along the roads if they were geared for slower driving.



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 Posted: Wed Oct 26th, 2011 06:35 pm
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Traingeekboy wrote: Have you ever considered making an animal like a bear that turns it's head from side to side? Or else people who move slightly. Nothing too corny so that it looks like a santa clause display, but something where people looking at the layout have to look twice because something that isn't supposed to move is moving.

Along the same lines... Do any of the trucks on your layout operate? Or are all the vehicles static? It might be fun to drive the trucks along the roads if they were geared for slower driving.
I saw videos of the Mniiatur Wunderland depicting moving animals and, unless is something that operates in an unpredictable pattern, grows old real fast. But something wired with one of those cheap movement detectors could be a real hoot....



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 Posted: Wed Oct 26th, 2011 09:23 pm
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I agree about animations becomming lame after a while, I don't forsee any such head turning, etc. on my layout. Besides, such things are a b%^*( to keep operating, much less in an outdoor situation. As for r/c autos, yes I have thought of such but with the longest strech of "road" in downtown Mogollon (6 feet), it would be an excercise in work for not much gain. I would love to make an r/c Model T but the front axle & steering is the most noticible part and would have to be carefully crafted to look right...I am too busy running a railroad. Lets see, I have an operating rotary dump, operating aerial tramway, operating Cletrack tractor, operating ore tipples...do I really need more? Hmmmmm.
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 Posted: Sat Oct 29th, 2011 09:48 pm
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Well yer thinking and that's gotta cause some new creation to come out of that noggin. Can't wait to see what it'll be. he he he



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I know I'm resurrecting a long-dormant thread, but I find this bucket tram fascinating. It's a cool bit of animation. Readers of the thread might be interested to know that the full-size trams were gravity powered with full buckets going downhill and empty ones coming back up. Obviously, this doesn't work in a little model, but it's cool nonetheless.

A remark was made in the thread about someone riding in an ore bucket. In the movie Night Passage, the leading lady escapes from a gang of train robbers in an ore tram. This was no movie set mock-up. It was a real tram north of Silverton, CO. In short, it has been done. It's probably a bit short on amenities and not up to today's notions of safety, though.

Anyway, cool model, Woody.



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I'm glad this has been resurrected as it is very cool and something I'd like to build someday.

Here are some historical links to info about wire rope tramways that I wanted to share for everyone's enjoyment.

http://www.archive.org/stream/trentonbleichert00amer#page/n3/mode/2up

http://books.google.com/books?id=3RtDAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Bleichert&source=bl&ots=ek27QHuiG3&sig=BNgQfg1VujWRR1yUP3FlQHWCE9c&hl=en&ei=IalOTfb2NIzqgQejwMHeDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CEgQ6AEwCDgo#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Outstanding build; I really like the mountain/scenery too.

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Way, way back (probably 30 years ago minimum) a modeler brought in to an NMRA contest a full working model in HO of the Pino Grande aerial tramway that was used in California to take log bunks across a big canyon. The two ends were fully sceniced dioramas in their own right, measuring about 30" square and separated by about six real feet. It all worked and worked well. Of course, it won best of show.

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Wow, I don't recall seeing this before (might have, just don't recall)… anyway, it sure is awesome!



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Bob Ross built the tramway way back when. I saw it at an NMRA convention back in the early 70's. He had a couple of articles about it in a NG&SL magazine a while back. Damn cool model.

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